Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick.   Posted by The Runelord.Group: 0
The Runelord
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Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 20:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel hears the sound of Archimedes climbing and moves over to see him headed up. Moments later he joins the party.

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Aradhel
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Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 17:44
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"Good, he recovered himself!  But we still need to find out where they are so we can strike them before they strike us!"  Aradhel continued.
Silvijabella
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Sun 28 Oct 2018
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'Bella considered the information shared by Jakardros.  It seemed odd that the defenders didn't have defenses to use against a force that had breeched the walls, but no matter it was what it was and they needed to clear our the Ogres.

Jereth's plan had merit, but it sounded as if there were lots of inner rooms for the fiends to fall back to or potentially stage an ambush from.

"What is the layout of the chambers below?  Are the other rooms interconnected?  Could we gain access through one of them for surprise?"  Koram's impatience was infectious, she too was wanting to do something.  Maybe she could creep down the stairs and take a peek....

"Do large tapestries adorn the walls in the hall at the base if the stairs?" the Gypsy wondered aloud, thinking of possible cover for hiding.

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Aradhel
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Sun 28 Oct 2018
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Aradhel shook her head.  "Not necessary.  I'm going to go find them.  Ten minutes."
Koram
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Sun 28 Oct 2018
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"Ten minutes? That's too long. They will regroup and counterattack before then. I would and you would be dead." Koram said his forked tongue still flipping in and out of his mouth rapidly.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sun 28 Oct 2018
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"If they are hellbent to attack in under 10 minutes we best man the walls and prepare for a siege..." Tanlis pointed out.
Jereth
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Mon 29 Oct 2018
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Jereth shook his head, looking to Aradhel, "They have a point.  Quicker.  Descend a stair and see what can be seen or heard from there?  The longer we give them, the worse it will be."  The guardsman then turned back to Bella, "If we can gas them out, we might have no need to go in amongst them at all."  He then moved his attention on to Archimedes, "How much of the gas do you have left?"  He indicated the building in question, "Enough to make that unsuitable for them?  Down the stairs and perhaps through a hole in the roof?"
Silvijabella
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Mon 29 Oct 2018
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"If the supplies of gas are limited, would smoking them out be an option?" 'Bella queried the group as she focused her attention towards the Black Arrows who best knew the structure.
Aradhel
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Tue 30 Oct 2018
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"Finding them is out of the question, but filling this whole place with smoke is viable?"  Aradhel asks pointedly.
Silvijabella
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Tue 30 Oct 2018
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'Bella looked towards Aradhel with a slight shrug of sympathy, she was just as puzzled as sneaking down to see where the Ogres were exactly seemed like a good idea to her.

"Although having the group of Ogres storming the tower stairs in an attempt to get away from any noxious substance puts us back in the predicament of having to hold them at bay without being overrun.  Unless there was a way to safeguard against several of them bursting forth at once?" the young woman added as they volleyed ideas.  She still thought going down to have a look would be the most productive approach, not to mention doing something was much better than just waiting...

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Jereth
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Tue 30 Oct 2018
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Jereth held up a hand, a bit defensively, looking back to Aradhel in earnest, "Not out of the question at all.  I agree that we need to know something, I just felt that we should do so with more speed.  A suggestion.  I will always trust your instincts.  I wouldn't be alive without them.  Go...just...come back."  He held the look for long enough to be sure that Aradhel understood that he was not standing in her way at all.  He then continued on to Bella, noting, "Hopefully, the gas will do the work of reducing their numbers and ability to burst forth.  As I see it, we either hold the exits in defense or we storm the hall.  I would rather hold and let the gas do much of the work.  If you see another path, please say so."
Aradhel
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Tue 30 Oct 2018
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"Very well."  She commenced her plan.  It was a reconnoiter only, she had no intent to engage.
Koram
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Tue 30 Oct 2018
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Koram's hands seem to be gripping and loosening on his glaive as he scans the area, his tongue darting in and out rapidly. He seems agitated and ready for action.

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The Runelord
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Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 17:32
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Everyone in the party gets 1 Benny for good planning and good roleplay.

That sounds like time for two Stealth checks and one Notice check from Aradhel.

Aradhel
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Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 23:38
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Aradhel wasted as little time as possible.

18:35, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,2 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 10,2.  Stealth 1.

18:36, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,4 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 10,4.  Stealth 2.

18:36, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,4 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Elfy Notice.

So raise, raise and success.  I will take that!

The Runelord
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Mon 12 Nov 2018
at 22:13
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Aradhel sneaks down quite easily. What might once have been a well-maintained entrance hall is now swathed in horror. Dried blood cakes the stone walls; bits and pieces of armor, weaponry, and flesh litter the floor; and flies cloud the air. Tapestries that once bore the insignia of the Black Arrows have been torn from the walls and now lie on the floor in shreds, coated with filth.

A number of ogres stand guard in this hallway; they look nervous. Despite their "vigilance," they seem to have a hard time spotting Aradhel.

Aradhel, what do you do?

Nobody else take an action until Aradhel comes back to you all to tell you what's going on.

Map: https://docs.google.com/drawin...S6M/edit?usp=sharing

Aradhel
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Tue 13 Nov 2018
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Aradhel cursed internally.  If they weren't both around the corner, she could take one down without being seen or heard, but in this configuration they'd realize someone was here.

Well, that wasn't the point here anyway.  The point was to figure out where they were.  And she knew where they were now.  The bloodthirsty one would be pleased, they'd have to fight a battle on two fronts.

Carefully, she withdrew and hurried back.

"Well I found the ogres, they are in the halls.  Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, they're in two different branches.  I'm going to suggest we split the offensive and hold the intersection until they break on one end."

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Jereth
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Thu 15 Nov 2018
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Jereth listened to Aradhel's description, offering a quick nod, "Right.  Would the gas offer any help at all in fight you plan?  Do the hallways seem like more effective chokepoints than the doors and the stairs?"
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 15 Nov 2018
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In reply to Jereth (msg # 541):

"Are the corridors built for people thier size or our size? It would make a difference in them trying to fight us. If only one could fit into a corridor at a time, we would have the advantage." Tanlis points out.
Koram
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Thu 15 Nov 2018
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Koram seemed eager to get down there, his tongue darting in and out in a quick pace. "We should attack now while they are divided!" He hissed.
The Runelord
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Sat 17 Nov 2018
at 15:33
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Tanlis Half-elven:
In reply to Jereth (msg # 541):

"Are the corridors built for people thier size or our size? It would make a difference in them trying to fight us. If only one could fit into a corridor at a time, we would have the advantage." Tanlis points out.


The Black Arrows confirm that the halls are 10' wide, wide enough to fit one ogre or two humanoids at a time.
Aradhel
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Sun 18 Nov 2018
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Aradhel tried to answer all the questions, and had an epiphany while doing so, seeing what the others were suggesting to her.

"It didn't seem like they could go more than one wide, in fact they'd have a very hard time... fitting through the passage I went into."  She snapped her fingers.

Aradhel stopped, found something rigid and scratched in the dirt.

"Look, see this passage?  They had to come in through this large door here.  If we throw the gas in there, and they want to get away from it, they can't realistically escape through this passage, right?  We could set up a kill zone right here, that would stop them at the door and the gas might take down the ones who can't get out."
Jereth
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Mon 19 Nov 2018
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Jereth looked over Aradhel's sketch and explanation, quickly nodding affirmative, "Right.  Two squads?  One to gas and hold the main door.  One to descend into your "killing ground."
Koram
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Tue 20 Nov 2018
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"I will hold the line!" Koram said with obvious relish.
Aradhel
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Tue 20 Nov 2018
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"Well the killing would be at the main door, I mean the only alternative is they run deeper into the hall here, in which case we have them pinned in because I doubt they're going to do well trying to go through that door, or they could try to go into this room here or this room here with the double doors, but why would they do that?  Either they run out the front door or they bottle themselves up in a tight spot."

She shrugged.  "We have seen them ascend the towers so they obviously can work through the passages, I just cannot imagine it's fast going for them."

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